Kathy Hyer

I am a dreamer, an optimist.  I am typical of my astrological sign, cancer.  I love writing on a balcony on the beach with the tide coming in and kites flying.  I love the sound of rain on the roof.   

Book(s) By Kathy Hyer


Can you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself? 


I was born at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, raised on the South side.  At 17 I came out to Portland Oregon to visit my father for a week and it rained for 7 straight days and I loved it so much I never went back.  I am an accountant with a construction company and I write when the urge strikes me.  Sometimes as I am driving in my car I am carrying on conversations for characters in my head and can't wait for a red light so I can write it down.


What has been your highlight of your career to this point? 


Publishing The Utopian Man.


When and why did you begin writing?


I don't ever rember not writing.  When I was ten I wrote a very short book about a girl who spends her summer vacation at a lighthouse on an island off the East Coast. 


Can you please tell us about your book ‘The Utopian Man’ and why you wrote it? 


The Utopian Man is basically the story of a young woman who, after several disasterous relationships, is desperate for the perfect man who will give her marriage and children and the happily ever after dream she has always imagined.  She thinks she will never find that man so she takes what she think is a short cut to make him.  By the time she realizes the perfect man has been available to her for a long time she is trapped in a loveless marriage she can't escape.  And when she still can't let go of the dream she loses everything.


What was the hardest part of writing your book? 


Letting it go.  I worked on it for 10 years, writing it, adding to it, revising it.  I was always thinking of more things I wanted to say.


What books have most influenced your life most? 


The Boxcar Children.  A series of stories by Gertrude Chandler Warner about orphaned children living in a deserted boxcar.  Busy Body written in 1967 by Donald Westlake.  I was 14 when I read it and I loved it. 


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


I am very new in book marketing and The Utopian Man was only published 4 months ago.  I am still not sure what I am supposed to do.  I would love to find an agent who would teach me a few things.  I am on FaceBook, Twitter and several other blog sites, but unfortunately I am not sure what to do with them. 


What are your current projects? 


I have another book finished that I am editing right now and am starting a third one. 

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